Wednesday, 12 May, 2021

New Delhi imposing new lockdown

Relatives and health workers bury the body of a man who died of COVID-19 in New Delhi Relatives and health workers bury the body of a man who died of COVID-19 in New Delhi
Cecil Davis | 21 April, 2021, 11:39

The positivity rates remained very high at 19 per cent nationally on Tuesday, indicating that the daily tally may cross 3 lakh soon.

As per his earlier statement, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital was faced with an acute shortage of oxygen, as it had only had supplies for another seven to eight hours. "Some hospitals are left with just a few hours of oxygen", the Delhi CM wrote on the microblogging site.

New Delhi's Chief Minister told reporters Monday the city has almost run out of intensive care unit beds at hospitals and that oxygen is in short supply.

"Serious oxygen crisis persists in Delhi".

On Monday, the Delhi government set up a 24-member committee to ensure "rational" use of oxygen for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Sisodia, who is also the nodal minister for Covid-19 management, tweeted, " SOS phones are coming from all hospitals regarding oxygen. I again urge the Center to urgently provide oxygen to Delhi. Most patients are coming in a critical condition and require oxygen.

Thick smoke billows from fire on atop Cape Town's Table Mountain
SANParks has called for immediate evacuation from all surrounding areas as the fire has been declared "out of control". People in the Newlands and Rhodes Memorial area must evacuate now". "Three choppers are also water bombing the area".

He said yesterday a lockdown should only be a last resort. Around 120 patients are now in the ICU. While the DDU Hospital has 12 hours supply, it is 8 hours for Burari Hospital and the Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital, 24 hours in Ambedkar Hospital, and 10-12 hours in Acharya Bikshu Hospital. An order issued by the Health Department said the "Oxygen Audit Committee" will identify areas of wasteful consumption. CM also convened a review meeting on Tuesday where he directed the officials to increase oxygen beds across several facilities in the capital. People supplying oxygen are being stopped in different states.

India recorded more than 2,000 COVID deaths on Wednesday and nearly 300,000 new cases, among the world's biggest daily totals since the pandemic began, official data showed.

These include 91,70,717 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 57,67,657 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,14,32,732 FLWs who have received the first dose and 56,86,608 FLWs who have taken the second dose.

Meanwhile, the Centre on Monday said that everyone above 18 years of age will be eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 from May 1, the central government said on Monday as it liberalised the vaccination drive to allow states, private hospitals and industrial establishments to procure the doses directly from manufacturers.